By Debbie le Quesne

The price of getting older and we’re in serious trouble

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Have you ever thought how much it costs to be old. One million people with care needs go with out care

  • One million people with care needs go without help
  • 4 in 10 people in care homes pay for themselves
  • 300,000 fewer people receive council-funded help within four years
  • £100,000 or more is now spent on care in later years for 1 in 10 people

The data is published in the latest joint King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust report on the state of the care sector.

The BBC has done a great job of decanting so much information into bite-sized reads. Did you know, for instance, that a £5bn pot of money has been set aside to encourage joint work between the NHS and care sector, with an additional £1.5bn being added to that by 2019.

That comes on top of the more common knowledge of increases in council tax by 2 per cent a year to invest in care.

As part of the report a number of interviews have been carried out and these two are well worth repeating . . . they simply say it all.


Ray James, of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, reports councils simply did not have enough money.

“We’re now at a tipping point where social care is in jeopardy.

“Unless the government addresses the chronic underfunding of the sector, there will be worrying consequences.”

Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, says: “Social care is in serious trouble, and this is putting the health and dignity of today’s older people at risk.”

The “reports highlight the need for serious reform to a system that is being starved of the cash and the attention that it deserves.”



Written by debbielq

October 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

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